2394 Tasting Notes


Tea of the afternoon here. My sweetie and I went to the Deyoung Museum and then came home to take a nap. This is a nice waking up after nap tea. I got the news today I need to wear the sling on my arm for another 2 weeks and I thought I was done with it. The damn thing is so uncomfortable I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night. Revive me, Lord Bergamot!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In my opinion, this tea is a real beauty. I wanted to try something from Single Origin Teas for a while and this really intrigued me. I definitely get the eucalyptus aroma here, along with a bit of malt, full bodied sweetness and the citrus fruitiness. This is definitely a cup of tea to be savored at a quiet time with some contemplation. I love the long, slender leaves here as well.

Ceylons don’t tend to rank highly in my “favorite tea” department but when I find a good one I can be kind of blown away. This is definitely a good one. Sipped on it plain with no milk or sweetener. If you like ceylons I would suggest giving this a shot, it’s really lovely… not too brisk at all, in fact it’s almost syrupy as it rolls around in your mouth.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
2394 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…

Goodbye Peppermint Patty. You have been a nice minty, creamy treat. Perhaps our paths will cross again some day…

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
2394 tasting notes

Whoa, I have to echo the Purrfect Cup here that this is a “kick you in the face” kind of a morning tea.

When I first sipped this I thought I detected a smoky note so I’m curious, is there any keemun in here or is it my imagination? Bold, saucy and malty notes are contributed by the assam and spicy, peppery notes by the yunnan, this is practically a meal in itself! I am a wimp, I drank this with soymilk but that is how I drink a lot of my breakfast teas. You could drink this plain, there isn’t a lot of astringency in the cup. Might try it for 3 minutes next time.

I love black tea blends and I haven’t been disappointed with any of the Devotea’s so far. They are discontinuing this blend so you might want to act soon if you intend to try it. :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Glad you liked it. It’s an odd thing to have a blend that hardy anyone buys, yet every reviewer loves.


Is there keemun in there? Hey I bought 2 oz. :-P


I have not had any of this yet, but I love the name. And the reviews make me want to try it. Guess I’ll have to make an order soon. :)

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drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
2394 tasting notes

Finally sipped this one down, it is a good tea, I just am not that enthusiastic about white teas for the most part. kind of glad it’s gone!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
2394 tasting notes

Now the Devotea has me addicted to their 1910 blend, but I figured it was time to branch out into some of their other offerings with my latest order.

Before I discovered Steepster I was a Twinings Irish Breakfast kind of gal in the mornings. After many years (and thousands of dollars) later my palette has changed a lot but I still like a good Irish Breakfast tea. I steeped this up and after trying it plain my first utterance was, “Whoa!” This is a very bold, wine-y type of assam which is exactly as it should be. I wonder if 4 minutes is too long for the steeping but I think it worked out ok. I immediately added soymilk and a bit of rock sugar as I don’t really think this blend was meant to be drank straight! I wish someone would hand me a plate of scones but actually, this would go well with a bowl of steel cut oats.

Another good ’un — I think this sample will be gone within a matter of days if not hours.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Robert Godden

Glad you liked it. It is most definitely blended for milk and sugar. I drink it straight up myself, but that is not what I was aiming for. 4 minutes is about as far as I’d take it. Oats is essential with it for breakfast.


oooh Robert, stone ground irish oatmeal and a cuppa sounds heavenly.

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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This came in the last Lupicia grab bag I ordered months ago, but never opened it until now (shocking, I know)…

I have a lot of difficulty finding decaf black teas that taste good so I wasn’t expecting a lot from this. It’s been years since I had the original sakurambo but this looks and tastes remarkably like the caffeinated version. There’s cherry, pink peppercorn and the rosemary flavor that makes this such a unique blend. It’s Cherry with a rustic kick. I can sip on this plain and it tastes really good, but was also nice with a bit of sweetener. I’m happy to find another decaf tea for the evening time that I actually like. I’m happy Lupicia sent this to me because I never would have ordered it for myself. Might need to try this as an iced tea too.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tisane of the afternoon here. For some reason I keep forgetting I have a box of this, but it really is a good rooibos even though it comes in a teabag. ;)

I used two teabags in one mug of tea to get a little extra flavor. The vanilla is nice and creamy here and this was very enjoyable with soymilk and some rock sugar. I like this better than a lot of more expensive rooibos blends I’ve had. Earthy and smooth.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Anxi Tie Guan Yin by Butiki Teas
2394 tasting notes

It’s been raining today and I’m dragging around a bit in general, thought I would drink some of this lovely oolong.

Sometimes it’s difficult to believe a natural tea could have such wonderful aromas and flavors. With the first cup I was blown away by the scent of orchids. The flavor of the tea liquor is sweet, creamy and buttery and has an almost intoxicating appeal. This was definitely nice for an afternoon lift and practically transported me to a tropical garden. I got 3 steeps out of the leaves and was a very happy camper — LOVE it :)

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
2394 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here… I have not gong fu’d anything in ages but my arm is feeling better so maybe I can think of this as part of my physical therapy. ;-)

I did my first steep for around 20 seconds in the gaiwan. Definitely getting the smoky aroma that other people have mentioned. There’s a nice starchy/sweetness to this along with the roasted notes. What if someone threw a sweet potato onto the campfire. hmm.

Going in for the second steep I notice the wet leaves smell strongly of tobacco. I did this round for around 20 seconds. Personally I am picking up some bitterness in the finish that I’m not too keen on, this is harsh for such a short steeping time. I’m getting honey and bittersweet chocolate.

Third steep I did Western style with a steep time of around 40 seconds. I am just not finding myself enjoying this much. I ended up putting soymilk and sugar in it to make it more palatable.

I don’t know if I messed it up somehow but I don’t think this one is for me, sorry….

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

Ah, glad you also get that.

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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